St. Mark is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance of canceling any gathering of 10 or more people. Activities and Events at St. Mark are canceled until further notice.

Children’s Ministry

Ms. Latisha Gilliland (636-394-2233) is our staff contact for Children’s Christian Education ministry.

Here are a list of scriptures referenced in the Children’s message for the week of July 12, 2020.
Blessing Over Children – Prayer with Scripture Referencesin pdf format

Children’s Ministries has planned exciting virtual programs that include Wednesday meet ups and virtual Sunday School lessons for the children.

October Preschoolers online experience!
October theme: “Sing In The Rain!”
Every Wednesday @ 4:00 PM!
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for Wednesday meet up invites, please contact Latisha Gilliland, Director of Children’s Ministries at Lgilliland@discoverstmark.org
Click Here to view Preschool Overview for October Programmingin pdf format

October Elementary age kids online experience
October theme: “Offstage: Drop the Act”
Every Wednesday @ 4:00 PM
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for Wednesday meet up invites, please contact Latisha Gilliland, Director of Children’s Ministries at Lgilliland@discoverstmark.org
Click Here to view Elementary Overview for October Programmingin pdf format

Sunday School
SS (Sunday School) Zoom Classes – Sundays at 9:30 AM
For all Preschool and Elementary children on Sunday mornings. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for SSZoom invites- please contact Lgilliland@discoverstmark.org



Support St. Mark’s Children’s Ministry when you shop on Amazon
There is a new way to support Children’s Ministry. Do you shop on Amazon? Well if you do, try Amazon Smile. It is simply to use. When you shop on Amazon use this web address https://smile.amazon.com and select St. Mark Presbyterian as your charity. Then shop to your hearts content. It is that simple. We automatically get 0.5% back on all qualifying purchases. We will be using the money that we earn toward a family scholarship fund for Mound Ridge.

Due to Covid-19 precautions:
St. Mark Children’s Ministries are committed to creating events that promote safe-distancing and we encourage the use of masks whenever and wherever they are required. We encourage families to keep a current Permission Form on file for your child(ren) with the St. Mark Presbyterian Church office in case and whenever “the way may be made clear” for us to gather in closer proximity once again. There are no permission requirements at this time but we ask that you update by January 2021.
A copy of the Permission Form can be downloaded here.
Download the 2020-2021 Children & Youth Permission Form Here

Fall Launch Children’s Ministry Training – Monday, October 12
You can click on the Fall Launch graphic to view the information in a larger format

St. Mark Children’s Ministry is excited to bring an opportunity for you to be involved in our Fall Launch Children’s Ministry Training on Monday, October 12.

We will be answering questions about our new Safe Church Policy, our new SSZoom format on Sunday Mornings, and we have made available seven brief sessions for you to listen to at your leisure in the comfort of your own home.

Even if you’ve never served in Children’s Ministry – you will love hearing from Children’s Ministry Pastors, leaders, directors from all over the U.S. Contact lgilliland@discoverstmark.org to register for your invite!


Youth Ministries

Youth Committee Mission Statement
“To empower our youth through worship, fellowship, study and service to become committed to their faith in Jesus Christ and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”

Youth Programs
Youth at St. Mark, from Middle School through High School, are engaged in not only fellowship but also classes, mission trips, service projects and other opportunities to grow their faith.
In addition, Youth are invited to serve as Liturgists at Worship — call Pastor Dave if you wish to serve as a Liturgist at worship.

Confirmation Class
Get Ready! Confirmation class is held on Sundays. Students in Middle School and High School students who have not been confirmed are welcome to join this eight-month course.
Contact Pastor MP or the church office (636-394-2233) for more information.
Confirmation students attend classes, participate in mission activities, lock-ins, and learn about the Bible, the Christian faith, the mission of the church and what it means to be Presbyterian. Upon completion of the course, the students are confirmed during worship service and received as new members of St. Mark.

Youth Bible Study for Grades 6-12 is every Wednesday evening from 6:30—7:30 PM. Students participating in Bible Study will have the opportunity to relate with God’s story through the storying process, discover meaning, and develop fresh insights of the biblical narrative. Youth are welcome to bring friends for fellowship, snacks, and bible study.

Check the Youth Calendar of Events for upcoming activities.
Youth Hangout: Join us on the last Sunday of each month from 4-6pm in the Youth Lounge.
For further information on Youth Activities, contact Pastor MP.
Youth need to have a Permission Form on file before attending Youth events.
Download the 2020-2021 Youth Permission Form Here

Youth Calendar of Events
Youth – Check in with Pastor MP to see what Youth activities are taking place
YOUTH HANGOUT-Join us on the last Sunday of each month – contact Pastor MP if you need information on Youth Hangout activities

Youth Led Worship
Once a year, for an entire weekend, the youth (both middle school and senior high) plan and lead worship. Youth Led Worship is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to experience worship leadership from a unique perspective.

At St. Mark, we believe that all are beloved children of God. We want the youth to experience the Trinitarian God, the God who is with us in community. St Mark’s youth ministry seeks to give youth this experience through:

Engaging Study: creative, thoughtful and faith-formative Bible studies and small groups

Genuine Community: all youth are welcome at St Mark. We offer weekly Bible study, youth group and other activities for youth. As a faith community, St. Mark is very encouraging and supportive of youth.

Meaningful Mission & Service: our youth and families participate in monthly mission activities every first weekend, where we truly seek to empower our community with the love of God. Annually, we have a week-long mission trip in the summer, which the youth and parents highly anticipate. Mission matters to St.Mark.

Committed Mentoring: beginning in confirmation, our youth are connected with an adult member at St Mark who serves “to walk alongside” them in the journey of faith. This committed support and presence of the mentors is essential to the faith development of our youth people. We are incredibly grateful for such encouraging and faithful mentors here at St.Mark.

Empowering Discipleship: through all the study, small groups, lock-ins, retreats, trips, mission work, we seek to connect our youth with the body of Christ so that they may know the Grace of God and share God’s love with the world. St. Mark works to give our youth and families practical methods of loving God and neighbor in their everyday life.”

Boy Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 631 and Scout Troop 631

Contact information for Scouting activities is available from the church office.

Cub Pack 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Pack meetings are held once a month and den meetings twice a month during the school year. The pack is made up of Cub Scouts in grades one through five. Activities this past year included the Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Rain Gutter Regatta and Scouting for Food.

Scout Troop 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Considered one of the top Boy Scout troops in the Greater St. Louis Area Council and has produced well over 200 Eagles since formed in 1966; this is one of the highest percentages of Eagle scouts from the number of boys that join. Activities this past year included: the traditional cabin camp-out at Babler State Park to work on merit badges, the President’s Day outing bus trip, Crossover at Camp Beaumont, rock climbing and rappelling at S-F Scout Ranch, and Summer Camp at S-F Scout Ranch.

Links of Interest
St. Mark Church does not endorse or control the content of pages on external websites
Greater St. Louis Area Council
National BSA Council